Harper's Bazaar is taking note in its February issue which features an article on Sidibe and a fashion spread in which she wears "precious" jewels by Chopard, Harry Winston, Kwiat and Le Vian paired with a dress by Tommy Hilfiger.
"I feel like a model," Sidibe tells Bazaar's Laura Brown of her love for photo shoots. "It justifies everyone in my life who told me I wouldn't be anything until I lost weight."
"It justifies that little girl who cried because she didn't think she could be in front of the camera. And it's for other girls who feel like they can't do this or that and feel like they're not pretty and not worthy of having their photo taken."
Sidibe certainly has a lot to smile about these days. After going to the casting of "Precious" on a whim, her performance has gained her endless accolades and even celebrity fans.
"Ashley Olsen hugged me for a long time," the actress recalls of meeting the pint-sized twin. "Like rubbing my back and everything, and said, 'I am so proud of you.' How cute is that?"
She's also got to meet another boundary-breaker, Iman.
While Sidibe does plan on hitting the gym more in 2010, she's beyond comfortable in the skin she's in, brushing off waif-centric ideals, such as Kate Moss' controversial statement: "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."
"Well, I wouldn't know," Sidibe says of Moss' stance. "I've never been skinny. I've heard it before. It's just one of those things that people say that doesn't really mean anything in my life."
"People always ask me, 'You have so much confidence. Where did that come from?'" she continues. "It came from me. One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl."
"I wear colors that I really like, I wear makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps," she says. "It doesn't have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see. Your body is your temple, it's your home and you must decorate it."
To read more of Sidibe's interview, head over to HarpersBazaar.com and check out the behind-the-scenes video of her shoot, where she talks about her favorite red carpet outfit and the importance of self-love.